An exclusive pop-up gallery documenting The Strokes’ early days is coming to Australia

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An exclusive pop-up gallery documenting The Strokes’ early days is coming to Australia

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The personal collection of Cody Smyth who spent lots of time with the indie rock titans will be on display for all

For diehard fans of The Strokes, an exclusive pop-up gallery – ‘The Strokes: The First Ten Years’ – in Sydney on July 28 (general public) documenting their first 10 years will be exhibited as the group returns to Australia for performances at Splendour in the Grass and a run of sold-out headline shows. 

International photographer Cody Smyth has photographed some of the biggest names in his career spanning over 20 years from Kanye West to Joan Jett, and was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with The Strokes in their early years.

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Guitarist Nick Valensi said, “Cody has been with us since the very beginning – always a motivator, forever a friend. 

“Along the way he captured some very special moments. I didn’t even know he’d brought along his camera.”

 “This exhibition will showcase intimate moments with the band from the early days and offer fans a rare insight to images that have never been seen before,” said Smyth.

Opening with a VIP and media event on July 27 with special guests, the exhibition will be open to the public for a limited time from July 28 to August 1 at Verona Rooftop Gallery, 17 Oxford St, Paddington.

The exhibition will coincide with the 21st anniversary of The Strokes’ debut album Is This It and will include a fan Q&A with Cody.

Behind The Gallery will be presenting the exhibit which is an online gallery that creates “unique pop-up gallery experiences for each new artist, much like a live show coming to town that features fine art, music photography, and popular culture.

“Each pop-up gallery will specialise in audience engagement through the photography on display and immersive audio experience, that moves away from the quiet gallery, that captures the moment they fell in love with an artist.”

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